High court rules same-sex harassment violates employment law

March 04, 1998
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that sexual harassment in the workplace can violate Title VII, the federal law that prohibits employment discrimination, even if it occurs among members of the same sex. The harassment, whether same-sex or opposite-sex, must be the product of sex-based discrimination to be prohibited by federal law. In other words, the victim must have been treated in a way that a member of the opposite sex would not have been treated.